The Common Injuries Caused by Gas Leaks at Work
Unfortunately, gas is highly combustible and working around it places employees at a high risk of injury when they come into contact with it – especially because workers are often unaware of the risk. Sadly, there are many ways that workers can suffer debilitating injuries in workplace gas-related accidents. In the worst cases, these workplace accidents can even result in fatalities.
Local 10 News recently reported that a Weston ice cream shop remains closed after two of its employees fell ill from a gas leak. Two employees reportedly fell ill and a deputy with the Broward Sheriff’s Office had to be treated after being exposed to nitrogen gas at the Weston ice cream shop.
Fortunately, this accident did not result in a fatality. However, these accidents can happen at any time in any workplace environment. For this reason, every worker should understand the types of common injuries that can be caused by a gas leak in the workplace, as well as what to do if it happens to you.
What Are Common Injuries Caused by Gas Leaks at Work?
- Explosions. This is one of the most obvious potential consequences of a gas leak in the workplace. Data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that 123 people suffered fatal injuries in 2017 as the result of a workplace fire and/or explosion. Explosions may cause severe burns, blindness, breathing problems, scarring, and psychological trauma that affects a worker for the rest of his or her life.
- Brain damage. Inhaling gas pushes oxygen out of the body which can actually lead to the brain being choked and if this continues for long enough, it can lead to a severely low oxygen supply which can result in permanent neurological injuries and brain damage.
- Death. Because of the fact gas leaks are often undetectable, it isn’t hard for a worker to find him or herself in danger without even realizing that the risk exists. And while employers are required to undertake safety measures to help prevent accidents, you should still understand that death can be a consequence.
Why Do I Need Legal Help After a Work-Related Gas Accident?
If you have been injured at work in a gas-related injury while you were working during the scope of your employment, you are generally entitled to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. This means that you are generally entitled to compensation for the unexpected expenses you have likely incurred such as lost wages, medical bills, prescriptions, and even ongoing long-term medical care if required. However, obtaining the benefits that you deserve can be a difficult process during which you are denied the workers’ compensation benefits that you deserve. This is where obtaining legal help can come in handy with providing you a support team that will fight for your rights and ensure that you get the compensation you’re entitled to.
We Offer the Legal Help You Need.
It takes significant experience for a lawyer to successfully help you obtain workers’ compensation benefits after a workplace gas accident. Fortunately, the Miami workers’ compensation attorneys at Payer & Associates have significant experience helping people in similar circumstances and you should allow us to help you get the benefits you deserve. Begin by contacting us today to schedule a free consultation.